Feb. 21, 2013
Results | Results
MINNEAPOLIS -- Wisconsin swimming and diving head coach Whitney Hite recently talked about the maturation of sophomore Ivy Martin from her freshman season up until now.
The soft-spoken Martin is slowly breaking out of her shell and has taken strides in becoming one of the Big Ten's most dominant swimmers.
This was evident in the second day of competition at the Big Ten championships as Martin earned the conference crown in the 50-yard freestyle (21.86), while setting a new conference record.
"Ivy was awesome today," Hite said. "She's a Big Ten champion and anytime you can win an event in one of the premier conferences it's an honor."
Martin set the bar high early on in the day, breaking the conference mark and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships by swimming a 21.84 during the preliminaries of the 50 free. Not only did the sophomore erase the previous mark set by former teammate Rebecca Thompson last season, but she also became the first woman in Big Ten history to go under the 22-second barrier.
"She's been great all year," Hite added. "She's a very determined young lady and I couldn't be more proud of her."
The sophomore set the tone for the rest of the day's events as she paced the 200-yard freestyle relay team to a third-place finish. Ivy, along with her sister, Ruby Martin, teamed up with freshman Annie Tamblyn and junior Rebecka Palm to swim a 1:29.24 in a tightly-contested race that separated the top three finishers by less than a second.
"Overall a little bit of a tough day as a team, but Ivy's performances certainly highlighted day two."
The Badgers (116.5) are currently in sixth place with two days of competition left. Minnesota (303.5) leads the pack, while Indiana (211.5), Penn State (175), Purdue (142.5) and Ohio State (135.5) round out the top five.
"Tomorrow is our day," Hite said. "We have an opportunity to be anywhere from third place to seventh place and tomorrow we will find out.
"We're going to have to swing a big stick tomorrow morning and get after it. Tomorrow morning is the key for sure."
Prelims begin at 11 a.m. on Friday with the 400-yard individual medley.